NME, kings of hyperbolic language, have recently lauded WU LYF as “the most exciting thing to happen to UK music in years”. After listening to this, their debut, I might just have to agree with this.I first heard of this band about a year ago when I stumbled across a demo version of the catchy ‘Concrete Gold’. Accompanying a small about of demos on this site was their original press shot; a group of nine people congregated in a rather dreary looking Manchester car park wearing masks over their faces with numerous smoke bombs going off in the foreground. No other information supported this and the mystery created was incredibly enticing and acted as the catalyst in my excitement for this release.
While listening to the demos, the most apparent thing other than the bands unmistakable musical talent was that I couldn’t understand a single word, singer Ellery Roberts seemed to be yelping. I originally put this down to it being a demo. Whilst listening to the finalized version, I still can’t understand a bloody word, Roberts could be singing in a different language for all I know. I even resorted to playing some of the tracks backwards in search of a satanic message to no avail.
Album opener ‘LYF’ (Lucifer Youth Foundation) begins with a church organ and slowly but surely progresses into a great track full of meandering guitars and purposeful percussion. ‘Summas Bliss’ sounds a little bit Foalsesque but not in a plagiarized manner like some bands are guilty of. ‘Dirt’ is my favourite track on the album exhibiting their willingness to use percussion as a lead instrument. The reverberant guitars and backing vocals are overlaid by Roberts howling such lines as “me and your friends/we killed a man/by telling him things/he couldn’t understand” (but only after much ear straining). ‘Concrete Gold’ has progressed a huge amount from the demo I heard last year, now with yet more Foals riffs but with their own personal touch added. Closer ‘Heavy Pop’ is the bands anthem; their local live shows being called Play Heavy Pop. Pianos build for the first 2 minutes to be replaced by the church organ gain and yet more jangling guitar riffs.
2011 has been a year of great music so far and WU LYF have kept up this high standard with Go Tell Fire To The Mountain. It was a shame to see one of my favourite demos ‘Lucifer Calling’ left off the album but this is the only flaw I can spot. Upon repeated listens your ears do become tuned to Roberts’ vocals so don’t be worried if at first he sounds a little like Chewbacca. All things considered I feel this album could be one of the debuts of the year.
Released on 13th June 2011 by LYF Recordngs